IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(4): 360-364 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.262

Business Dominance among the Malays and Chinese in Malaysia from a Civilizational Perspectives

Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin
Abstract—The business sector can become a profitable venture and improve one’s economic status remarkably. In Malaysia, the society’s participation in business, whether in small enterprises like grocery, or large scale industries like construction, is largely controlled by the Chinese community than the Malays. Based on previous research, the domination by the Chinese is due to their assumed expertise in the field, as they are considered to possess shrewd business acumen inherited from their ancestors. This is different from the Malays whose economic activities were more concentrated on farming, livestock breeding, and petty trades compared to large scale business sectors. If there were Malays involved in big-scale businesses, they usually involve Malays from the upper crust of society. Therefore, the study aims to analyze the issue from a new perspective, by focusing on the effects of civilizational value on an ethnic’s dominance in the business sector. From the study, it was found that both ethnics inherit contrasting civilizational values and the differences have affected the ethnics’ achievement in the business sector. In order to achieve the study’s objectives, the text analysis method was applied.

Index Terms—The Malay ethnic, the Chinese ethnic, business dominance, value system, civilizational perspective.

Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin is with the National Defence University of Malaysia, Sungai Besi Camp, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (e-mail: hasniah@upnm. edu.my, hasni_wan02@yahoo.com).

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Cite:Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin, "Business Dominance among the Malays and Chinese in Malaysia from a Civilizational Perspectives," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 360-364, 2013.

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